Church of St John the Baptist, High Street, Needham Market - Mid Suffolk

Large parish church dating to 1470-1500, although used as a chapel of ease until 1901. Constructed from flint and limestone rubble with stone dressings and a pantile roof; the nave has one of the finest hammerbeam roofs in Suffolk. Nave roof and rendered clerestorey facing panels are in a poor condition, and the hammerbeam roof has been identified as deformed and over-stressed. Repairs, grant-aided under the Heritage Lottery Fund Grants for Places of Worship grant scheme, are in progress 2018.

Church of St John the Baptist, High Street, Needham Market - Mid Suffolk
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1254254
  • Local Planning Authority: Mid Suffolk
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St John the Baptist
  • Street Name: High Street
  • County: Suffolk
  • District / Borough: Mid Suffolk
  • Parish: Needham Market
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Bury St. Edmunds
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade I, CA